To grow in your faith, you must grow in your love for others. God is love, so if God is in you, love is in you. And if love is in you, love will pour out of you. It is not enough to say you love your neighbor, but you must do it. One of the greatest gifts you can bestow on a person is to be tenderhearted to them.
A hardened heart is hard on others, but a tender heart shows mercy. Let others treat you as they will, but make sure you treat others according to God’s will.
Life is so short and precious, make it your life mission to be a blessing to others in how you treat them. Always consider that the last way you treat somebody is how they will always remember you.
In God’s economy, being kind has greater value than winning an argument or getting your way. We will reap what we sow, and the tenderhearted will be the richest of all in the kingdom of heaven.
Other people have no idea of all you are going through, and the same is true for them. “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8).
Do unto others as the Lord has done unto you. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36).
Your witness of Christ to others is in not treating them like they treated you. Jesus said, “…whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them…” (Matthew 7:12).
A smile does not cost you a thing, yet it is priceless to the soul who receives it. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
If you ever want to know if the Word of God reigns in you, just ask your neighbor. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14).
It is not your ability to change others that determines your effectiveness as a Christian, but your willingness to love them just as they are. “…put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12).
Accept that people do not understand you. Learn to love others even when they have wrong opinions of you. Live your life, “with all lowliness and gentleness, with [patience], bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
If you want to please God, then you need to be kind to His children. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
The filling of the Holy Spirit is measured by the fruit that flows out. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23).
If you want to change somebody, then love them. “Let your gentleness be known to all men…” (Philippians 4:5).
Don’t focus on how others treat you, but how you treat others. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles” (Proverbs 24:17).
Your heart wouldn’t break if it was soft. Don’t let the hard times harden you. God will hear the tenderhearted. “’because your heart was tender…and wept before Me, I also have heard you,’ says the Lord” (2 Kings 22:19).
Nobody will be judged by their knowledge, but how they treated others. “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10).
You are never calling somebody up when you are putting them down. “Remind them…to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish…” (Titus 3:1-3).
Don’t live for the moment but live in light of eternity. “…you man of God…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).
The only thing you can’t do is what you won’t let Him do in you. “…be gentle to all…” (2 Timothy 2:24).
Blessings to you,
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